KAUKAUNA – As part of its ongoing efforts to enhance accessibility and safety, 1000 Islands Environmental Center in Kaukauna will replace the boardwalk connecting the Environmental Center to the Nelson Overlook.

The updated path, scheduled for completion in two phases with the first starting this fall, will provide a wider and flatter route for visitors, according to a news release.

Last year the Nature Center received a much-needed flooring update. This year, the Nature Center will undergo exterior renovations including the installation of a new façade by the City of Kaukauna Street Department.

This upgrade will replace the original wood siding with a lower maintenance product that will better withstand the elements, according to the 1000 Islands.

Additionally, several windows will be replaced over the next couple of years.

These updates will lower building maintenance and make the center more energy efficient, while giving the 50-year-old structure a fresh look.

New staff

The 1000 Islands Environmental Center in Kaukauna has announced that it has recently filled two positions.

Nathaniel Blood has been hired as a naturalist and Cassandra Kohls is the new administrative assistant.

Blood received his bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Illinois – Springfield and a master’s degree in environmental education from the University of Minnesota – Duluth.

He has held prior naturalist positions, including those for Brown County Parks and Bay Beach.

Before joining 1000 Islands, Blood worked at Neenah High School as a biology teacher.

“After working as a teacher for eight years, I am really excited to get back to working in nature again and continue to educate individuals of all ages about the importance of our environment,” Blood said

Following the retirement of Maureen Feldt, Kohls has joined 1000 Islands as its new Administrative Assistant.

Kohls has worked in municipal and county government for the past six years, most recently as an Administrative Assistant for the Outagamie County Land Conservation Department.

“Finding fulfillment in nature has ultimately brought me here,” Kohls said in a news release. “I’m looking forward to fostering connections between the community and the environment.”

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